Spring Planting Fever

March 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

No matter the calendar date, it’s spring in the Florida Panhandle—temperatures in the seventies, humidity in the eighties. Tank tops and sandals, sweaters and boots crowd the closet.

The sunshine and warmth bring many outside to inventory available gardening space and to plan for spring planting. On my deck, damage assessment finds the oregano and one lone petunia survived the pipe-bursting, 17-flake-snow-flurry winter of 2010/11.

At the office, a quick survey finds several colleagues with spring planting fever. Julian will plant cherry tomatoes again this year. Last year’s crop produced enough to share, and saved him about $2.99 a pint, so he had money and tomatoes. Nancy has planted a spinach, radish and herb salad. Ann’s strawberry baskets are showing signs of life. I’m on a quest for Thai basil and Kathalyn wants lemon grass.

Home-grown edibles save money, protect air quality and reduce waste. Walking to and from the garden creates zero emissions. A bowl of fresh strawberries from a back porch requires no packaging.

While you’re browsing seed catalogues, wandering the aisles in garden centers or researching the possibility of planting an olive tree or raspberry bushes in your Florida garden, remember to consider the environment.

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